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26 February 2014 @ 11:58 pm
"Bugs Bunny Follies," "Bugs Bunny Meets the Superheroes," etc. live stage shows from the 1970s!  
With the rumors of "Space Jam 2" already circulating around online, I thought I'd share this.
Searching across online, I learned in the late 1970s, there were some live touring stage shows of the Looney Tunes produced by Rodger Heiss Productions from New York City...

There was also "Bugs Bunny in Space" and "Bugs Bunny Sports Spectacular." They stopped doing them in 1982.
As one could see, possibly due to Warner Bros. acquiring DC Comics some time in the 1970s (I think it was back then), they threw in Batman, Robin and their villains, and later Wonder Woman, possibly to also attract older audiences.

Here are some photos from various blogs:

As you can see, the costumes are not the greatest quality. They remind me of the suits that were used at the short-lived Warner Bros. Jungle Habitat theme park in the early 1970s (that shaggy Wile E. Coyote with his tongue hanging out especially looks like it.) IDK if some of these made it to Six Flags or not in the 1980s (the first good-looking Looney Tunes costumes made by Scollon Productions debuted in the late 1980s.)
The soundtrack featured a bit of newly-recorded dialogue by Mel Blanc (not surprisingly), along with reusing old song recordings Blanc did for Capitol Records in the 1940s and 1950s (a couple of which, like "I Taw a Puddy Tat," were adapted to CGI animation early this decade in a couple of really nice-looking shorts.)

A friend of mine on a Muppet forum recalls his experience going to one of these shows in the late 1970s when he was a kid. The one he saw was about the Looney Tunes gang celebrating Porky Pig's birthday. A human host even attempted to make the show more interactive, cuing the kids in the audience to shout "SURPRISE!" when Porky enters, and Daffy brought in a chorus line of dancing girls. The Batman villains (the Joker, the Penguin, Catwoman and the Riddler) freeze Batman and Robin so they can mess up Porky's party. Hijinks include Sylvester trying to incorporate Tweety into the birthday cake recipe, and the scraggly Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Road Runner and failing. Speedy Gonzales does a Mexican themed number, and Foghorn Leghorn and Yosemite Sam both have a shooting contest, and when Foggy wins, Sam gets pretty upset and begins shooting it up!
During the actual party, they play "Pin the Tail on the Donkey," with the host inviting the kids to call out whether characters were hot or cold. Wile E. didn't know the difference between hot and cold (WHAT?! He is supposed to be a super genius!) and surprisingly, DAFFY won, from what my friend said. But Yosemite Sam got all grumpy that he lost again.
But just as the Batman villains are ruining the party, Wonder Woman unfreezes the Dynamic Duo, and defeats the villains with the help of the Tasmanian Devil!

Sounds like it was quite a show. In fact, I would like to see a recreation of this done at Six Flags New England or similar, using the updated Scollon Productions Looney Tunes costumes.
With my mascot skills and my furry abilities becoming more widespread, it may not be long before I get a chance to don one of those costumes, like rapidtrabbit and tilt_longtail have (they even both got to be Wile E. Coyote!) Or maybe even Scollon Productions's nice-looking Scooby-Doo suit...
TILTtilt_longtail on February 28th, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
HAHA! WOW! Neat find! Daffy duck has nice legs I must admit